Causes and Home Remedies for Dry Skin Around Eyes
Should I Worry?
Dryness around your eyes is not a problem when you know how to treat it. When it comes to the delicate skin in this area, it's best to begin with gentle, natural remedies. Not only will this ensure that you don't overkill the problem, it will enable you to save on the typically high cost of drug-based treatments and their potential side effects.
There are several options, from dietary and natural treatments to other solutions.
Causes of Dry Skin around the Eyes
In order to find an effective treatment, you have to first determine what is causing the dryness. Here are some common causes:
- Dermatological disorders such as the following:
- Eczema or atopic dermatitis can occur on the areas surrounding your eyes, including your eyelids. In addition to dryness, eczema causes the skin to become scaly.
- Perioral dermatitis is a serious condition that usually affects adult women. It can spread to the nose and mouth areas. Poor hygiene is the typical cause of this rash.
- Blepharitis affects the eyelids, causing them to become inflamed with dry and scaly skin. Common triggers of this condition are bacterial infections, seborrheic dermatitis, and facial rosacea.
- Sunburn injury or exposure and overexposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun can lead to minor and serious burns. Other burn culprits might be exposure to a sunlamp or a welder's arc.
- Climate is another common cause dryness. The climate can do its damage in both hot and humid weather. Sudden changes or extremes in weather can aggravate the dryness of your skin.
- Eye skin stress can trigger dryness. Excessive rubbing of the skin can cause stress. Stress can also result from applying and wearing make-up. For example, applying concealer to hide dark skin under the eyes, wearing eyeliner and/or mascara, and using dirty brushes that contain accumulated bacteria are all stressful to the the skin.
- Harsh chemicals from facial cleansers and other skin products can result in dryness. The skin surrounding the eyes is thinner, more sensitive, and naturally susceptible to irritations from chemicals and toxins.
What to Do
You can do several things to treat the dryness of the skin surrounding your eyes. These things do not have to cost much, nor do they have to put you at risk for side effects.
Here are the best practical tips to treat your condition:
1. Fight dryness with hydration.
- For those who are not drinking enough water, you should increase your water consumption. This will prevent dehydration that normally manifests through the skin.
2. According to skincare experts, the best treatment is to apply external remedies:
- Apply gentle strokes of moisturizer to the affected area. Make sure to use a light touch, as your eye skin is delicate and sensitive.
- Choose your moisturizer carefully, and avoid those that contain harsh chemicals. You can also make your own moisturizer to make sure that only natural ingredients go into it. Ingredients that work well to moisturize this area include buttermilk, sweet almond oil, avocado, honey, olive oil, and egg yolk. You can use these ingredients individually or combine them to create your own DIY moisturizer.
- Avoid triggers of dry skin such as sun exposure, dry and humid air exposure, prolonged bathing (especially in hot water), using heavily scented soap and/or facial wash, and prolonged contact with chlorine (e.g. swimming in the pool).
3. Give your skin a break from wearing eye make-up. As much as possible, skip the eyeliner and mascara, as they can cause unnecessary stress resulting in dryness.
- If you must wear make-up, choose brands that are hypoallergenic and recommended or tested by ophthalmologists. Skin experts recommend that you choose creams rather than powders when it comes to eye shadows.
- Be sure to test the make-up before you buy it. Testing is necessary to determine and rule out an allergic reaction to any of the product's ingredients.
For skin injuries and disorders (eczema, perioral dermatitis, blepharitis, and injury from sunburn), try these natural remedies:
- Eczema: Topical solutions like the application of organic coconut oil, spraying with sea (or salt) water, or bathing in epsom salts may help. Eating foods rich in gelatin or probiotics might help, too. Probiotics will boost the good bacteria in your body to fight the bad bacteria and heal. You may want to eat and/or apply plain yogurt topically or increase your intake of other foods rich in probiotics such as kefir, kombucha, cottage cheese, buttermilk, miso, and kimchi.
- Perioral dermatitis: If you have perioral dermatitis, avoid using scented soap and facial cleanser that can irritate your skin, especially around the eyes. Wash your face with nothing but warm water. Take a break from wearing make-up, at least your eye make-up. Stop using face creams, including sunscreen in lotion form (use a liquid or gel instead).
- Blepharitis: You can get rid of blepharitis naturally with warm compress applied to your eyelids, application of calendula (marigold) topically, and benefiting from a natural anti-inflammatory diet that includes ingredients like turmeric, ginger, and omega-3 fatty acids. Castor oil, coconut oil, and tea tree oil (all applied topically) are all good natural remedies for blepharitis.
- Sunburn: The best way to treat sunburn injury is to prevent the condition from happening in the first place. Avoid going out when the sun is emitting its hottest rays, or anywhere between 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Be sure to wear protective glasses and sunscreen. If suffering from sunburn, try a cool bath or an oatmeal compress or apply milk or aloe vera.
Ways to Treat Dry Skin via Diet
Improving your diet is a easy, natural way to help heal dry skin. A good diet might include:
- Increased consumption of anti-inflammatory food rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are your best weapon against oxidative stress that causes dry skin. Fruits and dark green vegetables are excellent sources.
- Take natural vitamin supplements, specifically omega 3 fatty acids or fish oil and vitamin E. Fish oil will not only treat your dry skin from the inside, but will also help if applied topically. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant.
- Benefit from the healing power of super food. Here are the top five super foods identified by WebMD:
- Plain yogurt, specifically the fat-free variety
Here Are Some of the Best Anti-Inflammatory Food Items:
- Fatty fish, e.g. salmon, sardines, tuna, and mackerel.
- Whole grains, e.g. wheat, quinoa, rice.
- Dark leafy green vegetables, e.g. broccoli, kale, and spinach.
- Nuts, i.e. almonds and walnuts.
- Spices, specifically turmeric and ginger.
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Perform preventive care of the skin surrounding your eyes. Keep in mind that the skin there is thinner and more sensitive and therefore needs tender and gentle care. When cleansing this area, use gentle strokes.
The same goes for the application of your eye make-up. Make sure that you use clean and sterilized brushes and make-up applicators.
Shift to a healthy lifestyle. Along with dietary changes (see above), avoid smoking and drinking alcohol as they can speed up the signs of aging including dryness of skin, wrinkling in the eye area, and the appearance of fine lines and crow's feet.
Dry skin is typically not an emergency condition, but it can be chronic. Hence, you are better off starting your treatment with natural remedies. However, if your skin condition is severe and accompanied by other symptoms, then it is prudent to consult your physician for a medical solution.
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